Photos By: Annie Watt

Martin And Jean Shafiroff With Mary And Mandy Ourisman

Allegra And Cole Rumbough

Oscar  Plotkin Sharon Bush

Ambassador Mary Ourismanand Mr. Mandell Ourisman held a cocktail reception that was co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff and Stanley H. Rumbough recently at their home in Palm Beach, FL, which honored New York City Mission Society and kicked-off the annual Champions for Children Gala, that will be held in New York on April 1st.

The two-century-old nonprofit, the oldest in New York, provides programs and services that help break the cycle of poverty for New York’s children, youth and families.

As a young bride, actress and Palm Beach socialite, Dina Merrill Hartley, was told by her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Colgate, “Every bride needs a charity,” and thus began her long-time support of New York City Mission Society.

The party was co-chaired by philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Dina Merrill Hartley’s son, Stanley H. Rumbough, the Palm Beach event committee includes: Martin Shafiroff, Cole Rumbough, Christine Schott Ledes and George M. Ledes. Guests included: Audrey and Martin Gruss, Tommy Quick, Anka Palitz, Sharon Bush, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Somers Farkas, Geoffrey Bradfield, Pamela O'Connor, and Megan Tierney.

“New York City Mission Society is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated supporters,” said the nonprofit’s President, Elsie McCabe Thompson. “As we prepare for this spring’s annual Champions for Children Gala, this event has helped to both raise funds and lift hearts in support of our mission: to improve the lives of children, youth and families in underserved communities in New York City.”

“My family has been proud to serve as longtime supporters of New York City Mission Society,” said Stanley Rumbough, the third generation of Rumboughs' to be involved with the New York City Mission Society. “This is an organization that cares about improving the lives of youth, children and families in our city that need help most. Core to the Mission Society’s mission are caring and compassion; both are what motivated us to get involved, and stay involved all of these years.”

“It’s a great privilege to be involved with the New York City Mission Society,” said Jean Shafiroff. “What I love most about them is that all of us involved work together as a family with one strong common mission. We all truly care about the future of the children.”

This year’s event was a fun-filled evening at the Ourisman’s home. All committee members dedicated their time and efforts to garner a wonderful and successful event for New York City Mission Society.

About New York City Mission Society

Founded in 1812, New York City Mission Society has been on the front lines of the war on poverty for more than two centuries, providing critically needed support for children, youth, and adults who live in New York City’s most underserved communities. The dynamic portfolio of programs provides participants with the knowledge and life skills necessary to succeed as independent members of society, and make positive contributions to their communities. Each year, nearly 13,000 people in Harlem, the Lower East Side, the Bronx, and Brooklyn directly participate in their programs and/or attend their community events.

As an organization distinguished by over 200 years of service, New York City Mission Society has helped shape the landscape of non-profit service provision. In the early 19th century, the Mission Society established systems of relief in impoverished communities throughout the New York City, supporting families and immigrant groups in need of clothing, food, shelter, and employment opportunities. During that time, the Mission Society incubated and launched some of the best-known and most innovative programs in the nonprofit sector today, such as the Fresh Air Fund, the Children’s Aid Society, the Community Service Society, and the Visiting Nurse Service. Today, we continue our work by delivering services that encourage critical thinking, self-confidence, and resilience in those we serve.

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